THE GIANTS… Begin a five-game homestand tonight with the first game of a two-game series against the White Sox followed by a three-game set against the Phillies starting Friday night… SF has lost four-consecutive games and 12 of their last 17 contests… the Giants enter tonight’s contest 5.0 games behind the first place Dodgers in the NL West, their largest deficit of the season.
A TOUGH TRIP… SF just concluded a 10-game, 11-day road trip where they went 4-6 at New York (3-1), Milwaukee (1-2) and Kansas City (0-3)… SF began the trip with a 4-2 record and then dropped their final four contests.
ON THE SHORES OF McCOVEY COVE… After going 22-9 in their first 31 home games, the Giants have gone just 7-21 (.250) in their last 28 home contests…SF’s .222 home winning pct. in this span (beginning June 9) is the worst in the Majors.
GIANTS IN INTERLEAGUE PLAY… The Giants are 7-8 (.467) so far this season in Interleague play and have dropped eight of their last nine games against the American League.
IN THE ‘PEN… The Giants bullpen has combined for the second-lowest ERA in the NL since the All-Star break, fashioning a 1.91 figure (14er, 66.0ip) in 20 games.
100 HOME RUNS… The Giants are just one home run shy of hitting their 100th homer this season…last year SF did not hit their 100th HR until Sept. 24 and finished with just a total of 107.
JUST SCORE FIRST… SF is 46-12 when they score the game’s first run and 16-44 when they don’t score first… their .793 winning pct. when scoring first is the highest in the NL.
SELLOUT STREAK… The Giants have sold out their last 305 regular season home games, which extends the longest consecutive regular season home sellout streak in the National League… SF’s streak is currently the longest active one in the Majors.
RISPY BUSINESS… As a team, the Giants are hitting .338 (24-for-71) with runners in scoring position over their last 10 games.
TODAY’S PITCHING MATCHUP… RHP Ryan Vogelsong (7-8, 3.77) has gone 2-0 with a 1.20 ERA (2er, 15.0ip) in his last two outings… will face the White Sox for the first time in his career, as Chicago is the only Major League team that he has never faced… Vogelsong will be opposed by LHP Chris Sale (10-2, 2.14), who is 3-0 with a 1.85 ERA (9er, 43.2ip) in six road starts this season…he will make his second career start against the Giants and first at AT&T Park…he earned the victory in his first start earlier this season against SF, allowing three runs on eight hits over 6.0 innings of work.